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Warwickshire, like every other area of the country, is faced with the challenge of tackling the issue of children going missing from home, care or school, being abused through child sexual exploitation and being trafficked.  These issues are a key, strategic priority for Warwickshire Safeguarding; to reduce the number of young people harmed by child sexual exploitation.  

Our approach to working with CSE is based around all multi-agencies understanding trauma theory and a new assessment framework model, launched April 2018, which includes the engagement of children/young people and their parents/carers actively involved in the assessment process. 

To learn more about trauma theory, Warwickshire Safeguarding have included resources which you can access by clicking the relevant links below.  This includes an informative short video by an independent Psychotherapist Zoe Lodrick, discussing the effects of physical and sexual abuse, and a research paper providing an opportunity to develop a more detailed understanding of an informed trauma based approach. 

A Trauma-informed Health and Care Approach for responding to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Assessment Framework 
The CSE Assessment Framework is to be used by any professional, including volunteer staff, who have concerns that a child may be at risk of, or experiencing CSE.  It can be used to inform the decision about whether to offer early help, refer to Children's Social Care and also help to structure an early help assessment or referral.  Section 2 of WSCB Interagency Safeguarding Procedures includes detailed Child Sexual Exploitation guidance for all multi-agency professionals including the assessment framework: 

Making a referral
If the decision has been made to make a referral to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) must be completed along with an accompanying copy of the CSE Multi-Agency Assessment Framework (multi-agency partner agencies) and send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where to get support

Warwickshire Child Sexual Exploitation, Missing and Trafficking Team - telephone 01926 684490 or 01926 742226, or visit the website:

Further information
Child Sexual Exploitation Annual Report 2016-2017
Warwickshire Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Children Strategy 2017-2020
Guidance to consent

New research and reports
Barnardo's Latest Report - Sexually exploited boys and young men July 2018

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